At its essence the Christmas Cantata is music that tells a story. It usually incorporates the traditional, classical rendition of the birth of Jesus Christ and the performances which are held at the Park usually take a more modern approach to the music. The theme of the year 2012's concert was ‘Peace, Hope & Joy!’ and Elizabeth Akinyi, better known as “Lizz” together with her ensemble of vocalists and band, performed at the show.The true purpose of the Christmas Cantata is to engage and enlighten the listeners to the spirit of Christmas by fostering excitement and enthusiasm using the power of a musical experience. This Christmas concert usually attracts both young and old, music lovers and families and last year about 500 guests were treated to all their favourite Christmas carols and they even got a chance to sing along to the songs.
The objectives of the concert are:
1.To provide an opportunity for families and friends to get together during the festive season
2.To give an opportunity for the public to participate in giving back to the community by donating their clothes or food that will be distributed to a needy project.
3.To give companies an opportunity to sponsor a Christmas event that is tasteful and enriching.
4.To promote upcoming artists and bands in line with the park’s ‘Art in the Park’ program.
CHARITY GOLF EVENT
The Trust has held an annual charity golf tournament since 2008.
The tournament provides an opportunity to showcase to corporate and individuals the work that the Trust is engaged in.The Golf Day also allows the Trust, its trustees and employees opportunity to network with the corporate world, thank its benefactors, build new relationships with potential benefactors and re-establish and reinforce existing relationships.Additionally, the golf tournament offers the Trust an opportunity to raise funds to maintain the Park. The funds raised through the golf tournament ensure that the park and the peace museum are open all through the year.
Through funds raised from the tournament, the Park has:
1.Continually provided a garden of solace, reflection, remembrance and relaxation in Nairobi’s CBD in honour of the victims and survivors of the bomb attack;
2.Provided an avenue to nurture and promote local art talent through the Art in the Park project which has held several art exhibitions, wedding fares, and music concerts;
3.Maintained a historical peace museum which is open to the public to remember and learn about the 1998 bomb attack;
4.The peace museum and the park have also offered an ideal, affordable and convenient venue for school trips and provided peace education to over 100 schools through the peace education project, which aims at contributing towards long-term peace and stability in Kenya by inculcating in children values that promote peaceful co-existence.